2014 Archive Stories

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  • Meet the O.C. guy who helps Daenerys cuss in 'Game of Thrones' BY RAYMOND MENDOZA
    David Peterson cannot control dragons. He can’t create Valyrian steel swords, or rule the seven kingdoms of Westeros. But if Peterson wills it, he might be able to command a horde of Dothraki screamers with a phrase like “Shieraki gori ha yeraan!” Literal translation: “The stars are cha
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Open & Shut: Taco Bell heats up K.C. menu with sriracha BY NANCY LUNA AND JOANNA CLAY
    The Kansas City Royals aren’t the only ones on a hot streak in the city. Roughly 70 Taco Bells in the Kansas City market are testing a spicy menu of seven sriracha-laced items, including a scrambled egg breakfast with sriracha cream sauce. Other items – including tacos, beef grillers and a quesarito –feature sriracha se
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Hello Kitty: 40 & Fabulous BY PETER LARSEN
    Hello Kitty turns 40 years old on Nov. 1 and to celebrate that milestone birthday the little girl born in London four decades ago is throwing a bash that’s already begun and won’t wrap up for six months. An exhibit titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” opened a week ago at the Japanese Ameri
    Sun Oct 19, 2014
  • Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is a house of fancy frights BY LISA LIDDANE
    No one in Orange County decorates a house for Halloween quite like the creative minds behind the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland. It has been 14 years since the seasonal “Nightmare Before Christmas”- themed overlay was launched at the classic Haunted Mansion, and the ghoulish meets quirky meets elegant design continues to evolv
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Pitt unleashes 'Fury' BY ROGER MOORE
    This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.” “Fury” is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year – a gritty, gr
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Hewitt: CBS, HBO announcements will mean a major change in how we watch TV By MICHAEL HEWITT
    The TV business took a big leap into the future this week, as CBS and HBO announced online subscription services that will allow viewers to bypass cable companies. This will mean more choices for consumers, experts agree. Whether it will save consumers any money remains to be seen. CBS unveiled a $5.99-a-month Internet su
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Video: Boy Scouts want you to take the plunge – from 17 stories up BY DAVID WHITING
    Eighth-grader John-Aaron Bozanic balances atop the concrete barrier surrounding the roof of the Irvine Marriott Hotel, stares down 17 floors and disappears over the edge. Like Batman. It’s Thursday, and on this day I am Robin to Bozanic’s Batman. Together and on separate ropes, we plan to rappel to the concret
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Mission Viejo High graduate advances in 'The Voice' TV show BY TOMOYA SHIMURA
    A 21-year-old Mission Viejo High School graduate advanced to the next round of competition in the seventh season of “The Voice.” Troy Ritchie of Trabuco Canyon beat Menlik Zergabachew in their first match of Battle Rounds in Tuesday’s pre-recorded episode of the NBC reality talent show. Ritchie and Zergabachew,
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Long Beach names park in honor of former Latin music star Jenni Rivera BY KENDRA ABLAZA
    LONG BEACH – A park at Walnut Avenue and 20th Street has been named after Long Beach native and internationally-known Latin music singer Jenni Rivera two years after her death. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved naming the park after Rivera. The Latin Grammy-nominated singer and actress was known widely for he
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Woody cars roll out for show BY KELLY ZHOU
    In the 1950s and ’60s, a surfer could buy a wooden car for cheap. Carmakers had switched to steel bodies, which were more durable and didn't get warped by rain. So young surfers who didn’t care about a sandy car could pick up an inexpensive set of wheels, throw a surfboard in the back, go down to the beach and ride the waves.
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Huntington Beach's Surfboards on Parade event raises $100,000 for charities BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    More than $100,000 was raised at a gala Saturday night that brought surf and art enthusiasts together, with funds from the event going to various charities. Surfboards on Parade came to a close at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach, where hundreds gathered for the auction. The top bid of $11,500 went to a board collaboration betwe
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Remember Naugles? Trademark battle with Del Taco to decide fate of iconic chain By NANCY LUNA
    Two decades after the disappearance of Naugles, fans of the Mexican fast-food chain continue to crave its red sauce-slathered combo cups, steamy cheese burritos and thick spicy taco sauce. “People have been pining to have Naugles again,” fan Doug Hall, 53, said. Pending the outcome of a trademark battle, Hall
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Christmas in October: South Coast Plaza gets its 96-foot tree BY JORDAN GRAHAM
    A towering tincture of Christmas rose high above Costa Mesa on Tuesday morning when a 96-foot, 10-ton white fir was hoisted into place at Town Center Park, across the street from South Coast Plaza. The massive evergreen is the first Christmas tree of the season to be displayed at a Southern California shopping center, organizers said.
    Tue Oct 14, 2014
  • Long Beach musician Ikey Owens dies while on tour with Jack White BY ANGELA RATZLAFF
    Acclaimed Long Beach keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens has died while on tour with Jack White in Mexico. Owens was the keyboardist for White and band The Mars Volta, as well as a member of Long Beach bands Free Moral Agents and Long Beach Dub All Stars. The 38-year-old Lakewood native was found dead this morning in the
    Tue Oct 14, 2014
  • 'Gone Girl' tops for second week BY SANDY COHEN
    Four new films couldn’t catch “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing was poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Also starring Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl&rdq
    Mon Oct 13, 2014
  • John Severson's book shows how the multi-talented surfer shaped his sport By: story and photo By FRED SWEGLES
    A journey through the pages of John Severson’s richly illustrated new book “Surf” can lead a reader to wonder how differently worldwide surf culture might have evolved if Severson’s father hadn’t had a midlife crisis and quit his job in Los Angeles at the close of World War II, moving his family to San Clemente.
    Sat Oct 11, 2014
  • Tesla does zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds – without hands BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    The questions that have been circulating for the past week about Tesla’s “Big D” and its “something else” are now answered. The “D,” it turns out, stands for a dual motor Model S that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds, while simultaneously improving handling with a d
    Sat Oct 11, 2014
  • Eureka, Brio, Del Frisco’s: Renewed appetites have restaurants on a rebound BY NANCY LUNA
    In today’s post-recession economy, Orange County’s dining culture is flourishing, but what’s emerging is a dining culture far different than previous boom years. Instead of peppering shopping centers with cookie-cutter chains, developers are looking for snazzy players with trendy street food and garden-to-table menu
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that: 'Affair' looking irresistible, 'Cristela' not funny enough BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime The beginning of “The Affair” leaves us uneasy; it’s absurdly dramatic and filled with the sort of overstuffed dialogue a bad novelist might pen. But stick around. As we soon learn, it is indeed being told by a novelist, Noah Solloway
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Johnny Rockets coming soon to a freezer near you BY NANCY LUNA AND JOANNA CLAY
    Johnny Rockets announced plans this week to bring a variety of chain-branded foods and merchandise such as frozen patties to retailers and grocery stores next year. “We are looking at a wide spectrum of products,” Chief Development Officer James Walker said. The Aliso Viejo burger chain has partnered wi
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • A taste of Dracula's 'Untold' origin BY ROGER MOORE
    So it wasn’t the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western Civilization in the late 15th/early 16th centuries. It was Prince Vlad, hero of the Transylvanians, a misunderstood warrior with fangs and a taste for Turkish type O. That’s the premise of “Dracul
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Ozzy shares 'Memoirs of a Madman' BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Ozzy Osbourne has had an illustrious musical career. The 65-year-old performer released several albums in the ’70s with his influential metal band Black Sabbath, as well as the group’s most recent effort, “13,” which debuted last year. He’s also had a successful solo run that includes 11 studio albums, spread over t
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Shooting a sunset? Here's how to outdo your friends BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Catherine Gregory tries to sit back and enjoy the sky’s beauty when the colors pop like a vibrant painting. But she can’t. Any time a great sunset appears, the San Clemente photographer reaches for her camera, points it toward the ocean-bound sun, and clicks. “It’s like Mother Nature&rs
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Tom Petty rocks out in Anaheim BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Tom Petty was in top form Tuesday night at Honda Center in Anaheim during the first of his series of O.C. and L.A. dates. Petty and the Heartbreakers also perform at Honda Center on Wednesday before heading to the Forum in Inglewood Friday and Saturday. The current tour (which kicked off on Aug. 3 in San Diego) is in support of the band&
    Wed Oct 08, 2014
  • Screenwriter's happy to do film the old-fashioned way for Hallmark channel BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Gary Goldstein doesn’t write a movie for Hallmark every week – it just seems that way. The Los Angeles-based screenwriter will see his seventh and eighth productions for Hallmark come to the screen in a rare celestial conjunction, their premieres separated by less than a week. “Along Comes a Nanny,&rdquo
    Wed Oct 08, 2014